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LaunchBox is a gaming frontend originally built for DOS. However, now LaunchBox supports a slew of emulators and PC games for an all-in-one multimedia solution. Whereas the likes of RetroPie, Batocera, Lakka, and Recalbox feature emulators built-in, LaunchBox doesn’t. As such, you’ll need to add your own. The difference in LaunchBox vs Retroarch is that Retroarch provides emulators, while LaunchBox offers a pretty user-interface. Thus, LaunchBox is used in conjunction with Retroarch.
I’ve used a ton of different standalone retro gaming operating systems, emulators, and frontends. But LaunchBox is by far my favorite. It’s incredibly simple to set up and boasts an automatic scraper for downloading game metadata and box art. Scraping games with LaunchBox is pretty accurate. Unfortunately, it’s Windows-only for PCs and desktops. There’s no LaunchBox macOS or LaunchBox Ubuntu installer. However, LaunchBox Android debuted for gaming on phones or Android TV boxes such as the Nvidia Shield TV.
Features We Know You’ll Love
A Game Launcher with Style
We originally built Launchbox as an attractive frontend for DOSBox, but it now boasts support for modern games and retro game emulation. We make all your games look pretty.
Organize Your Game Collection
We’re not just pretty; we let you add as much or as little information to your games as you’d like. LaunchBox maintains its own crowd-sourced database for a massive number of games.
LaunchBox includes support for countless emulators. We’re the best launcher for all your retro and console games. Go ahead, play your favorite game from 1985.
Steam Library Imports
We automatically import all your games, including your Steam library. It doesn’t have to be complicated, so we made it easy to get started. If you’re OCD like us, you’re free to customize everything.
Excellent How-To Video Tutorials
The LaunchBox team produces regular how-to videos to address frequently asked questions which help you get your games up and running. Check out our YouTube channel.
We have a GREAT Community
Our forums are home to some of the gaming world’s coolest people. If you need help figuring something out, we suggest that you start there. You’ll find a friend or three.